Vintage cars come to Rome

Annual Mille Miglia race includes 450 vintage cars

A fleet of vintage cars arrives in Rome on the night of 16 May, as part of the Mille Miglia race between Brescia and the capital.

One of the world’s oldest car races, the Mille Miglia began in 1927, taking place 24 times until 1957 and bringing international fame to luxury sports cars such as Alfa Romeo, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche.

Since 1977, the Mille Miglia has been a regularity race, meaning that it is more of a rally than a contest, with precise average speeds maintained throughout. It is designed exclusively for classic and vintage cars, 450 of which will arrive in Rome on Friday night before departing again the next morning.

Teams come from all over the world, and the race is only open to cars produced before 1957 and selected from the models which took part in the original race. The round-trip route between Brescia and Rome is similar to that of the original race, with the cars leaving Brescia on 15 May before arriving in Padova for the first overnight stay.

The next day they leave for Rome, departing for Bologna on Saturday morning en route to the final destination of Brescia where they arrive on Sunday.

For full details see the Mille Miglia website and for an insight into what the event is all about see related Wanted in Rome article.